December 1998

Ruger .45 LC Bisley-Vaquero Tops American Arms, EMF Bisleys

The Ruger was the most accurate, and the American Arms worked well enough, but the more expensive EMF revolver was unsatisfactory.

The Colt Bisley was introduced in May 1894 as a target handgun intended for competition in England. The first name the gun had was the “Special Target Model of 1894.” The gun performed so well at the famous Bisley Commons shooting grounds in England over the next year or so that Colt redesignated it the “Bisley Model Target.”

The Bisley design altered the grip-to-barrel angle and hand position so that the bore would be lower in the hand, and also at nearly a right angle to the gripping axis. Together with the altered grip came a lower and wider hammer, enabling the shooter to cock the gun without shifting his grip. A third main difference is the wide trigger, curved and brought closer to...

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